A Certificate of Approval (CofA, Air) permit is issued by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), allowing the regulated discharge of contaminants into the natural environment.
A contaminant, as defined in the Environmental Protection Act,
is any solid, liquid, gas, odour, heat, sound, vibration or radiation
that may cause an adverse effect on surrounding neighbours.
Section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act, Revised Statutes of Ontario, 1990, Chapter E.19. states that a MOE issued operating permit is required when installing or modifying equipment that discharges, or is likely to discharge, contaminants into the natural environment.
Ventilated welding and paint booths are examples of exhaust sources that would require permits. In addition, general plant exhaust fans that move contaminated plant air out of the building would also be included in this category.
Until recently, the MOE would not issue permits for exhaust sources that pre-dated June 29, 1988. These older sources were unofficially coined "grandfathered". However, in 1998, the MOE imposed new permitting and reporting reforms and contaminant emissions from the old, previously grandfathered, sources must be included in permits with the new sources, if they discharge similar contaminants.
However; regardless of the permit status, grandfathered or not, the sum of all plant emissions must be below the regulated limits, or you are in contravention of the Ontario Environmental Protection Act and subject to possible enforcement and penalties.
Yes. Activities that pose no significant risk of environmental impact are unconditionally exempt. Some exemptions that may be relevant to industry include:
ESDM is an acronym for Emission Summary & Dispersion Modelling Report. In June 1998, a document titled Procedure for Preparing an Emission Summary and Dispersion Modelling Report was released by the MOE for use by industry and consultants to promote reporting uniformity and improve submission quality. The ESDM report format has now become an industry standard and is required with all applications.
The MOE criteria states that if there is residential,
institutional or educational facilities within 500 metres of the site,
a Noise Assessment has to be done. The 500 metres generally applies to
large industrial applications, and auto body shops usually apply if
within 100 metres of the above type of facilities. We can handle the
Noise Review as well. Go here to see a
typical Data Logger sound output and learn more about sound reviews.
Originally, the Ministry of the Environment actually issued a true Certificate. They now issue a letter stating your Approval Number and the terms of the agreement. If we are doing your application for you, we will issue you an additional certificate, suitable for framing, after the approval is granted. Go here to see more.